COUNTY OF SIMCOE
ITEM FOR: SIMCOE COUNTY HOUSING CORPORATION
SECTION: Social Housing
ITEM NO. HCB 07-009
MEETING DATE: October 9, 2007
SUBJECT: 100 Miller Park, Bradford Affordable Housing Development
THAT the Project Guiding Principles for the Bradford Affordable Housing Development, at 100
Miller Park, be approved as outlined in Item HCB 07-009.
The following report will provide an update on the progress of the affordable housing
construction project located at 100 Miller Park in Bradford. The project plan is to construct an
addition attached to the existing social housing building to provide 25 affordable housing units
designated for seniors.
Staff met with the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and the County’s Architect to discuss
the Town’s plan to acquire a parcel of land adjacent to our public housing property at 100 Miller
Park, Bradford in June. The acquisition of this property would enable the Town to grant this
property to the County which will provide the necessary land for construction purposes.
In late August geotechnical investigations were completed on the vacant parcel and existing land
to ensure the property could be developed for the intended purpose. These test results were
positive and barring anything unforeseen, the site appears suitable for the County’s construction
plan. At this time, the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury is proceeding with the approvals
process to acquire the property and to grant the 0.88 acre parcel of land to the County. The cost to
the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury for this land including fees and disbursements is
The firm of Salter Pilon Architect Inc has been engaged by the County to oversee the
development and construction process. Staff is currently working on the design phase and it has
been recommended that we establish design principles for the project and prioritize these
principles based on how they will best contribute to the project goal. This is an important concept
as the development process can be lengthy and pressures and trade-offs are inevitable. Having
these guiding principles clearly prioritized, will enable staff to be sure that the most important
elements remain the primary focus when a trade-off is necessary. They will also guide decision
making when rapid decision are necessary to maintain schedules and budget without
compromising or eliminating the components that contribute most to overall design quality.
It is recommended that the following guiding principles listed in order of priority be approved for
the Bradford Affordable Housing Development.
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To develop affordable housing targeted for senior citizens who will be “aging in place” to
assist tenants to remain in their own home as long as their personal independence will
10% of the units will be designated fully accessible.
Project will incorporate good design practices to achieve as many energy efficient
components that the approved budget will allow.
Project design will incorporate as many principles of universal accessibility as the
approved budget will allow.
Building design that is modest in terms of size and amenities based on household needs
and community norms: the maximum floor areas will follow the requirements of the
Affordable Housing Programs; no ‘luxury’ amenities or ‘high end’ finishings. At the
same time we want quality in built form, finishings and fixtures, which will be cost
effective and long lasting.
Design will ensure efficient use of the land and incorporate sensitivity to the existing
neighbourhood and community.
With respect to energy efficient components, consideration to be given to increased capital
expenditures beyond the original budget if it is demonstrated that these energy efficient
components will achieve operational savings “payback” within six years of construction.
A regular meeting schedule has been established to meet with the architectural firm to ensure the
project development remains on target. A draft work plan has been established and is attached as
Schedule 1 of this item. The plan highlights the various tasks and milestones, it is anticipated that
the project will be tender ready in the Spring of 2008 and construction to begin during the
The approved 2007 budget for this project is $3.9M. Council has approved the use of
$1,750,000 from the DOOR Fund (Developing Opportunities for Ontario Renters) and
the remaining capital cost will be financed through development fees and conventional
Construction costs are increasing at a rate of 6 to 8% annually which will have an impact
on our overall costs relative to the original budget, as construction is not estimated to start
until summer 2008.
SCHEDULES: The following schedule is attached and forms part of this Item:
Draft Work Plan
PREPARED BY: Cathy Kytayko, Manager, Social Housing
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Terry Talon, General Manager, Social Services September 30, 2007
Thomas Evans, General Manager, Finance and Administration October 2, 2007
Mark Aitken, Chief Administrative Officer October 2, 2007